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Foundation Nakao For Worldwide Oral Health to Open Research Grant Applications

October 2, 2020
by Foundation Nakao For Worldwide Oral Health


Dental academics and clinicians have an excelent new opportunity to apply for research grants, thanks to Foundation Nakao For Worldwide Oral Health (Foundation Nakao). This will be the second round of funding made available by this prestigious foundation since its formation in 2018. Successful applications will receive up to 50,000 Swiss francs per project (≈ US$53,961) in addition to wide exposure of each study’s outcomes and achievements among the dental industry and general public. Applications will be open beginning September 28th until December 11th, 2020 via the application form on the Foundation Nakao website.

Mrs. Makiko Nakao, President of Foundation Nakao (left), and Mr. Makoto Nakao, former Chairman of GC Corporation (right).

The mission of Foundation Nakao is to support clinical trials and research in important topics such as minimum intervention dentistry and oral health of the elderly. Foundation Nakao opened grant applications for the first time in 2019 and six studies were awarded grants for that year. Among the recipients of the grants were government and non-government organizations, universities, and research institutions. Key research areas of the funded studies include minimum intervention dentistry, oral health in ageing populations and the “8020” movement, tooth
function, the prevention of oral frailty and dental IQ.

Makiko Nakao, President of Foundation Nakao, spoke at the grand opening of the foundation in 2018, saying, “The inspiration for the foundation came from a topic that is very close to [Makoto Nakao’s and my] hearts: the impact of oral health on quality of life. My husband and I believe that dentistry has a fundamental role to play in the health and longevity of people around the world. We look forward to seeing this becoming a reality through the activities of the foundation.”

For more information about Foundation Nakao For Worldwide Oral Health and to apply for funding, please visit https://www.foundation-nakao.com/applications


About Foundation Nakao For Worldwide Oral Health

On Sept 21st, 2018, Foundation Nakao for Worldwide Oral Health was established in Luzern, Switzerland. This was made possible by Makoto Nakao, former Chairman of GC Corporation, who, after 42 years at the helm of the company, donated his privately-owned company shares to support this noble initiative. The management board of Foundation Nakao boasts a team of distinguished dental professionals from four continents; Europe, America, Australia and Asia. They are Professor Reinhart Hickel, Professor Clark Stanford, Professor Marco Ferrari, Professor Eric Reynolds, Professor Keiichi Sasaki and Dr Kiyotaka Nakao.